Focus on Immunology & Cancer Immunotherapy
Focus is the online newsletter for Norris Cotton Cancer Center.
News is posted as it happens, making Focus the most up-to-date source of information about the developments and people at the Cancer Center.
Below are all the Focus articles related specifically to our Immunology and Cancer Immunotherapy Research Program. All Focus articles are also available.
How Melanoma Tumors Evade the Immune System
Investigators from Dartmouth's Norris Cotton Cancer Center found that the chemo-attractive signals (chemokines) that direct immune cells into tumors are actively suppressed by the cancer, thereby allowing tumors to evade immune responses.
Putting a Parasite to Work
From the litter box to the laboratory, a microscopic organism native to cats shows promise in treating cancer. Dartmouth researchers’ mutated strain of T. gondii reprograms the natural power of the immune system to kill cells.
Using a Parasite to Fight Cancer
Instead of removing tumors surgically, can we inject them with a "poison" that would cause them to destroy themselves? Scientists experiment in the lab with ways to use a common parasite in future treatment for cancer.
Turning Discoveries into Treatments: Randy Noelle PhD
Geisel School of Medicine’s Randy Noelle and researchers in his lab recently discovered a protein that might be used to help the body’s immune system attack cancer tumors. He’s co-founded a company, ImmuNext, to turn his discovery into a viable treatment.